450 Tasting Notes
This is a good spice tea. It starts off balanced but gets a little heavy on the cinnamon toward the bottom of the cup and could use more cardamom for my taste (but then everything could use more cardamom for my taste!). Right now I’m enjoying warming up with it on a cold, windy day, which is perfect.
This one isn’t really working for me. Having just come back from Poland I’ve had a lot of beets and cabbage recently so I’m very familiar with the taste of both, and despite how dark red this brews up the taste of it is mostly cabbage. It’s oddly sweet, but not in a way that reminds me of beet flavor—beets are just about my favorite vegetable and I would have loved to find more of them in here. Instead it’s reminiscent of cooked cabbage, but not balanced enough with salt or other flavors to be appetizing. The consistency is watery like the other savory teas, but in this case I find it more unpleasant than I found the others. I’ll be giving it a pass.
Well, I’ve come down with a sinus infection. Luckily for me it’s not a very bad one—I used to get them chronically. For now, at least, my tastes aren’t even off, so I’m not afraid to try out this sample!
Right out of the bag this smells exactly like pie or cobbler, and it only gets more intense as the water hits it. I was a little worried at first because I don’t tend to like dark oolongs, but it’s actually perfect for the apple and cinnamon flavors. There’s a maltiness to it that really compliments the apple flavor and reminds me of baked ones when they’ve soaked up all those spices and they’re practically falling apart right out of the oven. The cinnamon isn’t overwhelming despite how strong the smell is in the bag, instead becoming a sweet background note that compliments the oolong. This one is a gem! I’d definitely buy it.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hay, Honey, Malt
What a weird and interesting tea. The last savory tea I tried was a lot like soup, and I’d say this is even more so. There’s a feeling of a thin tomato soup, maybe with some cucumber too, herbed and spiced and then packaged in a teabag. It’s definitely not bad and in fact I think it’s very drinkable, but you’d have to be in a certain mood for it.
Flavors: Cucumber, Mint, Pepper, Salt, Vegetables
Backlog (last one!). This was by far the most common tea available in Poland, always offered with lemon and sometimes with sugar. I only had it with milk once (and sugar, too; it was called “caramel tea” on the menu, which was kind of cute), but it took it well.
This tea steeps very fast and strong and is rather bitter when left black. It resteeps easily several times, and on at least three occasions I got a full four-cup pot out of one bag. My favorite way to drink this was with a squeeze of lemon, which seems to be the common Polish way to serve tea. Something about the lemon balances out the flavor of the tea and makes it truly delicious. It’s not the best I’ve ever had, but it was reliable and available everywhere. I’ve developed a kind of affection for it after 20+ cups.
Backlog. This was my other favorite of the Dilmah teas. If the Blackcurrant tasted like black currant candies, this tastes like those strawberry candies with soft centers that are so hard to find but so delicious. Again, it’s good both with and without sugar, and I drank it both ways according to my mood. Another one I would buy!
Backlog. This was one of my favorites of the Dilmah teas. I admit I’ve never eaten an actual black currant (although I have had the red ones), but I have eaten candies flavored like them. This tea tasted exactly like those candies! It was good plain, not too bitter or astringent with strong fruit flavor, and with a little sugar added it was delicious. When I have some room in my cabinet I want to buy it.
Backlog. Wow! This is probably the strongest bergamot I’ve ever tasted. That’s not a bad thing, though, because it’s firmly on the side of citrus instead of perfume. The tea itself gets dark very fast, but after I added some lemon it was really pretty good. I ended up liking some other Dilmah teas (the strawberry and blackcurrant) better, so I didn’t revisit this one, but it’s a solid EG.
Backlog. To me this didn’t taste artificial, just like dehydrated strawberries. When brewed it actually became jammy and sweet in a very nice way, which I was not expecting at all from this brand—it’s much better than any Lipton I’ve had in America, including strawberry flavors. I only found it on the breakfast buffet once, so I guess I know why it kept disappearing!